Originally Posted by gatortransplant
Now I want to see someone tie a Jock O Dee or something similar on a tube. I don't see why you couldn't tie a standard style on a tube?
My vote goes to Ard to give this a shot! I have no doubt he could make a pretty looking Jock O Dee!
I have fished with them on one occasion and they were productive. As such I have been tying them as of late. Something to break the monotony of 14-18 trout flies. For two handed rods, they seem to be ideal for fishing them on the swing, that's what I intend to do with mine. I'm not sure that I'd tie an Elk Hair Caddis on one but for the non traditional/classic streamers, they are IMHO, ideal.
I've tied some Intruder style flies on standard basic streamer hook, breaking the hook off and adding a stinger and on the tube. I'd have to say the tubes are easier to produce. They're not for everyone, but it's hard to argue with the productivity factor. Many, many fishermen & women more talented than me fish with them for a reason. There are also some incredible tyers out there who make a tube look pretty darn good if you ask me. What's more important than the look though is what the fish think of them.
BTW, the Wooly Bugger doesn't have much of a varying degree of side profile, yet is a highly effective pattern. They look pretty darn good on a tube if you ask me.
Net result, depending on what you fish for, I think they have their place for certain patterns. Other patterns I'll stick with the traditional stuff.
Still not convinced to give them a look? Take a look at this action.